Green Africa Airways Orders 100 Boeing 737 MAX 8 Aircraft

Boeing, Green Africa

Any regular Simple Flying reader will be well aware that we love to cover emerging startups. This week, Simple Flying takes a look at the African startup, Green Africa Airways.

Based in Lagos, the startup aims to operate as a value airline. The airline already has a full complement of senior staff. Additionally, they have just passed a deal worth US$11.7 billion with Boeing.

Surprisingly for a startup airline, this marks Africa’s largest aircraft agreement. In total, the deal sees the startup ordering 100 B737-MAX8 aircraft.

Following the failure to launch Nigeria Air, Green Africa Airways believe that their operations will contribute to the economic development of Nigeria. In fact, they mention on their website: “Green Africa Airways is a value airline start-up based in Lagos, Nigeria.

Through safe, quality and affordable air travel, we seek to profitably make [a] significant contribution to the economic development of Nigeria and the African continent.”

The airline has already received its Air Transport License from the Nigerian Authorities. Additionally, according to a Boeing press release, the airline is “anchored” by some faces familiar to the aviation industry.

These include “Tom Horton, former Chairman and CEO of American Airlines, William Shaw, Founder and former CEO of VivaColombia and Virasb Vahidi, former CCO of American Airlines.”